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Poster: Jim F Date: Nov 21, 2010 1:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star, '68 Styleee...

I like that one, too. It's very dreamy sounding. There are some that I favor, but I'm generally not all that hot on those "transition" Stars (though one could use that definition for every DStar I suppose) of late 1968. They're slightly more involved than the shorter versions from the first half of the year and don't always so heavily rely on that repeating organ riff. And there are the beginnings of the tempo shifts and more inventive drumming involving the trap kit/s and aren't limited to just the scratcher and maracas, yet they don't have the more complex structure that developed throughout the course of 1969. Though perhaps '69 Stars could be considered almost too structured and predictable compared to what was to come in 1970-1974. You know what I mean, pretty much all 1969 DStar's, primarily those from the first half of the year, all have that similar structure with the various built-in themes and sections that many have even given names.

But enough on that, point is the 12/7/68 Star is somewhat unique for it's time, and pretty good. There is a short little passage of notes Garcia plays early on that are so full of emotion, they almost convey some sense of longing, or of being lost in a winter forest. One of those things that is hard to put into words. "Quiet intensity" is a pretty good way to summarize that one, for sure. I should pull it out and point out the minute/second mark that I'm talking about. But I'm having a bunch of problems trying to copy the new 10/16/81 video with the matrix audio from my data DVD back onto the computer, and it's being a bitch. "Can't read file VTS_01_2 from disc blah blah blah..." I'm starting to get pissed...

This post was modified by Jim F on 2010-11-21 09:04:49

This post was modified by Jim F on 2010-11-21 09:05:30

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 21, 2010 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dark Star, '68 Styleee...

Great post Jim, thanks! I too, hear some extra emotion in Garcia's playing in this Dark Star...